Ann Widdicombe MP read Latin, then Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and now writes on global warming, about which she is in denial.
She offers three facts, or should that be, "FACTS".
“It is a FACT that there has been no global warming this century”
By “This century” Ann means “The last eight years and two months”. Politicians find it hard to leave their spinning habits behind.
Over the last 100 years there is clear evidence of global warming.
”It is a FACT that global temperature has varied throughout history and scientists explain this by changes in solar activity”.
The scientists at the Royal Society do not agree with Ann: While there is evidence of a link between solar activity and some of the warming in the early 20th Century, measurements from satellites show that there has been very little change in underlying solar activity in the last 30 years there is even evidence of a detectable decline and so this cannot account for the recent rises we have seen in global temperatures.
“It is a FACT that not all climate scientists agree with the prevailing orthodoxy. Those who dare to dissent are treated with about as much respect as Galileo was by the medieval church”.
The evidence for the present consensus is here:
Galileo was threatened with imprisonment, and spent many years under house arrest. I do not know of any such threats against climate change sceptics.
"Even if the predictions are true all they offer is a small increase in the globe’s temperature over the next hundred years. As Lawson (That's Nigel Lawson, not yours truly) points out, the difference between the temperature in Finland and that in Singapore is vast but in both countries people thrive and so do their economies. "
Ann and Nigel are confusing the difference between regional climate and the atmospheric system, between open and closed systems. Regional climates are open systems, and humans can adapt to them. The atmospheric system is closed, apart from solar inputs and terrestrial radiance. There is no useful analogy to be drawn between the climate of Finland (-20*C to +30*C, variation 50*C) and Singapore (+22*C to +72*C, variation 52*C) and the planet, where an average increase of 6*C would be absolutely devastating to terrestrial ecology.